With its peach-coloured façades, azure waters and gorgeous weather, Nice has a rosy, always-on-holiday glow.
Known as the capital of the French Riviera, the coastal city is home to world-class art museums, bustling markets and pretty hiking trails. The best way to experience Nice’s many delights is to slow right down and enjoy them at a leisurely pace.
Arriving at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport
Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) is five miles (3km) from Vieux-Nice, the city's historic city centre. This large and modern airport is the gateway to the French Riviera, with two terminals connected by a shuttle bus. The airport offers unlimited free Wi-Fi, VIP lounges and plenty of dining and shopping options before and after security.
Two express buses make frequent trips into central Nice. Bus 98 runs along the Promenade des Anglais to the Promenade des Arts near Vieux Nice, with stops along the way, and bus 99 goes to Nice-Ville train station. The €6 fare includes a free transfer to the tram or the city bus to get you exactly where you need to be. Buses 52, 59 and 70 all terminate centrally too.
If you’re travelling with a few suitcases, taxis are available, though they can be pricey. Taxis stop near Gate A1 in Terminal 1 and near Gate A3 at Terminal 2.
The most affordable route is local bus 23. This costs just €1.50, but the bus does not stop directly at the airport. You need to walk a short distance down the main road to the bus station.
Festivals and events
For two weeks every winter, Nice springs to life with its vibrant Carnival celebration. Over 1,000 dancers and musicians perform in over-the-top parades, which give way in the evening to fabulous parties. The Nice Carnival is particularly famous for its use of flowers in decorations and floats.
Fêtes de Mai
Each weekend in May, locals and tourists come together to celebrate all things Nice in the lovely Cimiez gardens. The festivities feature live music, dance and local food and wine.
The Nice Open
Tennis is hugely popular on the French Riviera. Since the 1970s Nice has hosted the Open de Nice Cote d'Azur, drawing tennis players and fans from throughout the world.
Fête de la Musique
Held every June on the summer solstice, Nice's Fête de la Musique is a celebration of all genres of music. Vieux-Nice takes a lively turn, as nearly every bar and restaurant hosts a musician or DJ.
Nice Jazz Festival
Since its inaugural event in 1948, the Nice Jazz Festival has hosted a range of jazz superstars, including Louis Armstrong and Herbie Hancock, as well as local talent. The festival takes over Place Masséna for one weekend each July.